The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, yesterday said the nation’s residency programme through which the nation’s medical consultants are produced is current bastardised and a ‘disaster’.
As Minister of Health, he is the official in charge of all matters pertaining to health across the length and breadth of Nigeria, including the training of doctors and consultants.
So at a meeting where he inaugurated the ministerial committee on the Restructuring of the Residency Programme in Nigeria, he highlighted the importance of the programme to the medical profession and practice.
“For some of us who went through this programme, we can confirm that what we have now is a disaster. It has been bastardised.
This is an important programme that should not be allowed to die.
“I am not sure we can have one year abroad as we sued to have. But we can do short time exchange programmes.
Over the years, the programme has witnessed several modifications to the extent that there is no uniform template being implemented by the various institutions.
“The non-uniform implementation has led to the disputes in the various training institutions and the local chapters of the resident doctors associations which has culminated into industrial disharmony. As a fallout of the above, there is lack of confidence in the Nigerian health system which has given rise to the penchant for medical tourism abroad.
To stem this tide and in a bid to holistically address the attendant problems, this administration has decided to appraise the existing programme in all ramifications with a view to institutionalizing an effective, efficient and sustainable residency training programme for the country.”
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